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  •  Gettysburg 150 years later (13+ / 0-)

    CNN: 150th anniversary of Battle of Gettysburg provides a bigger story

    This weekend and through July 7, between 200,000 and 300,000 visitors -- more than the number of combatants -- will flock to the town and fields of Gettysburg National Military Park to mark the 150th anniversary of the three-day clash, which cost an incredible 51,000 casualties.

    Pickett's Charge will be the climactic event of a large re-enactment this weekend outside of park boundaries. On July 3, the actual anniversary of the attack, National Park Service rangers will guide thousands of visitors in loose formation across a gently rolling field. Others will stand where Federal regiments poured rifle and artillery fire into the arc of Confederates.

    AP: New Map May Explain Lee's Decisions at Gettysburg
    Why did the shrewd and canny Lee choose to attack, especially in the face of the Union's superior numbers?

    While historians have long wrestled with that question, geographers and cartographers have come up with an explanation, by way of sophisticated mapping software that shows the rolling terrain exactly as it would have appeared to Lee: From his vantage point, he simply couldn't see throngs of Union soldiers amid the hills and valleys.

    "Our analysis shows that he had a very poor understanding of how many forces he was up against, which made him bolder," said Middlebury College professor Anne Knowles, whose team produced the most faithful re-creation of the Gettysburg battlefield to date, using software called GIS, or geographic information systems.

    Atlantic Wire: 150 Years After Gettysburg, Virginia and Minnesota Fight Over Confederate Flag
    Here's the controversy: The Minnesota Historical Society has a Confederate flag in their possession, captured from a Virginia regiment during the last day of the battle. For the sake of the anniversary, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell asked Minnesota to loan it to them (McDonnell is the governor who had declared April 2010 "Confederate History Month" at the behest of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, but then apologized for not mentioning slavery in the proclamation). Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's response to the request is simple: No way.
    A lot of Minnesotans died to capture that flag. No way in hell should Minnesota return it.
    •  My great-grandfather (7+ / 0-)

      was captured there on July 2 near the Wheatfield.  He was paroled in MD and released later and then was shot at Petersburg and recovered...or I wouldn't be here.

      Hubby and I visited Gettysburg three times and I just felt so much there.  One time it was evening in the fall and one time it was lightly raining.

      It took three times to follow all the winding roads.

      There is a statue to the regiment PA 145 and his name is on the big PA monument, too.

      Off to bed early for this night owl...

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      by cfk on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:20:34 PM PDT

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